Archive for August 8th, 2009

If you are planning on moving into your new house or apartment, you’re probably thinking of the many possible furniture items you could fill the space (or lack of!) with. However, when you take out your pocketbook, your imagination clashes with reality, your options seem limited and that dream bedroom furniture seems much farther away. There are a few key things to consider when shopping for furniture that could save you a number of headaches, as well as thousands of dollars, over the years. You want to avoid buying cheaply made furniture that will only have to be replaced every few years. Over time, these will cost you even more than a one-time purchase of a quality, affordable set which is ultimately more attractive than the cheaper pressboard sets at discount stores. You also don’t have to worry about them falling to pieces as you move from one place to another some day (we’ve all had to re-create our own makeshift screw holes in those cheap sets at some point, haven’t we?). There are a few situations that most of us let ourselves fall into which we should really be avoiding. These include: – Rent-to-own: These companies prey on those of us with no or bad credit history or not enough cash for an upfront purchase. At first it may see that paying “only” twenty bucks a week for the next year or so for that couch but after adding up the totals, you’ll see that you’re paying at least twice the fair retail value of the piece. – Settling: Avoid settling for the cheap stuff. It’s abundant, it’s affordable and it seems like a good idea at the time. Pressboard won’t last long, won’t survive a move in it’s original condition (no matter how hard you try) and usually, well, looks like a cheap piece of furniture. – Buying Too Much: It’s good to plan ahead and buy either only what you need now and/or what you know you’ll want for certain in the future. It’s a good idea to purchase what you can now since matching pieces may be discontinued and difficult to track down in the future, possibly matched with additional shipping charges. At the same time, don’t purchase a gigantic set you don’t need or want simply because it’s available or on discount. Shopping for a new dining room set? Then focus on just the dining room set for now, don’t get distracted. Once you’ve decided to avoid the above furniture shopping mistakes, you can begin your search for quality, affordable furniture. Be prepared to spend some time on this project; plan ahead and shop around. If possible, start months in advance. If you don’t have that much time, try getting only the things you need to live, adding items only when you’ve found what you really want. Remember, you may be buying the furniture you will pass on to your children someday. Begin shopping through online furniture stores, no sense driving around the city to view one third of what you could view in half the time at home. Online furniture stores will have the widest selection, detailed images and descriptions of each furniture set you take a look at (answering questions that you won’t have to ask a pushy salesperson). Most website’s pricing will also be much cheaper due to lower overhead, since most online furniture stores buy manufacturer-direct or in bulk quantities. Shopping online first will also give you a better idea of what styles you’ll be deciding on. Call each website you would consider buying from and get some questions answered by a real person, customer service is key in online sales and you want to be spending your hard earned cash with a company you trust, right? Get detailed information about their policies (shipping, returns, etc) and if you get the something-isn’t-right feeling, go with your gut and try somewhere else. Being Proactive Against Being Passive, The Flexible Touch – Country Platform Beds, Bedroom Furniture Manufacturers and Users – A Take on Catalyzed Varnish – Whatever information you are looking for, you can definitely find it online.